Fall color enthusiasts in W. Mich: Have patience

Peak fall colors mainly in the Upper Peninsula for the second weekend of October. (Oct. 13, 2016)
Peak fall colors mainly in the Upper Peninsula for the second weekend of October. (Oct. 13, 2016)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Patience has to be exercised this year for fall color enthusiasts.

Storm Team 8 says this year’s fall colors are running nearly two weeks behind schedule due to a warm September and October, as well as above average rainfall.

Currently, fall colors are peaking in the western Upper Peninsula from Ishpeming west to Ironwood including the Keweenaw Peninsula.

There are also signs of peak color in and around Sault Ste. Marie especially on the Canadian side.

Storm Team 8 meteorologist Matt Kirkwood said the best color in Lower Michigan can be found near Gaylord and Vanderbilt. There’s also splashes of color from M-55 to and from Cadillac and Houghton Lake to the north.

Fall colors look best when the sun is shining, which means Saturday would be the best day for a tour. Sunday appears to be gloomy and wet.

Storm Team 8 predicts peak colors will arrive across southwest Lower Michigan the last weekend in October around Halloween. They expect some decent color into early November.

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